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Monday, March 14, 2016

Treated and Released Records artist: Reverend Freakchild - Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues from Reverend Freakchild and it's really quite good. Opening with All I Got Is Now, a groovy blues track, RF lays down a funky beat with great vocals and guitars, joined by Chris Parker on drums, Hugh Pool on lap steel, Tugboat Eustis on bass and the Mulebone Singers on backing vocals. Excellent opener! Angels of Mercy is more retrospective with an understated acoustic guitar melody, nicely paired with Pool on harp. Very nice! Rev. Gary Davis', It's Gonna Be Alright has a country "family" feel with real nice acoustic slide as well as cool lap steel ethereal sounds in the rear. Cool! Keep On Trucking is a country rocker with a cool beat and a real nice acoustic guitar riff. With a catchy melodic hook and and warm slide work, this track has certain commercial potential. Lullaby is a sweet little tune played exclusively on guitar harmonics. Very cool! Moonlight Messages is a light pop track with nice flute work by John Ragusa and snappy drumming by Parker. Boogie track, She Wants My Name, is a solid blues rocker with nice acoustic slide and Pool on harp. Soul Transforming Realization, another acoustic rural romp with a great rock beat and some heavy attack gives the release a hard kick. Very cool! Tears of Fire is probably the heaviest track on the release with a heavy kick drum and cool slide work over an electric rhythm part. Gritty vocals, slippery slide and heavy kick drums... what else could you want! Nice! Wrapping the release is the traditional I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down. Keeping it basic with tambourine, kick drum and acoustic slide, this is an excellent closer for a refreshing new release.

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